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New studio theatre space in Durham

Published: 29 May 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The Assembly Theatre in Durham’s South Bailey announces a new 50-seater studio space, The Spare Room.

This new black box performance space, located in the Pemberton Rooms, between the Cathedral and Castle, right at the heart of the city’s World Heritage Site, will operate from 18 to 20 June and will host professional performances from the North East, as well as Durham Student Theatre companies, as part of the inaugural Summer in the City festival.

The programme is:

Tuesday 18 June

  • 4:00: tuesday by Andrew Cowburn (produced by Lion Theatre Company), winner of the Durham Drama Festival 2019’s Best Play. A student production.
  • 6:00: Fit for Work by Louise Powell, fresh from its run at the Tristan Bates in London during their ‘Working Class Stories’ season. A professional production.
  • 8:00: Minge Unhinged from Your Aunt Fanny, a North East based all-female sketch comedy group. A professional production.

Wednesday 19 June

  • 4:00: Test Bed from Wrong Tree Theatre, its debut performance from a critically-acclaimed devising theatre company. A student production.
  • 6:00: Queerbaiting by Sophie Wright, the first production to undergo Sightline Productions’ Draft 2 Show development scheme. A student production.
  • 8:00: The House of Influenza: A Spooky Tale of Frighteningness by Andrew Shires (produced by Four Umbrellas), a show from Durham Drama Festival 2018. A professional production.

Thursday 20 June

  • 4:00: Black Training by Dan Takyi (produced by Durham People of Colour Association), a new show about the micro-aggressions experienced by people of colour on a daily basis. A student production.
  • 6:00: Ophelia Is Also Dead by Aliya Gilmore (produced by Sightline Productions), winner of Durham Drama Festival 2019’s Best Female Actor, Best Writer and Best Director. A student production.
  • 8:00: Children of the Quorn™ from Megan From HR, a new sketch comedy duo consisting of Durham revue alumni Ambika Mod and Andrew Shires. A professional production.